Labour would devolve more power to the local level

Labour will devolve more power to the local level if it wins the next election, shadow communities secretary, Hilary Benn, has said at the Labour party conference.

Mr Benn also admitted the last government held on to too much control.

Too much power in England is still wielded in Westminster, and if we are honest we have been too wedded to that way of doing things in the past. That needs to change. We really need to change.

And do you know what? There's nothing to fear and there's everything to gain. Because our job is to give people locally the tools they need to do their job."Decisions taken closer to the people, by the people.

Mr Benn also launched a wide-ranging attack on the Government for slashing funding to local councils, blaming it for causing hardship and holding up housebuilding.